Grist Hoppers and Hydrators
A grist hydrator is a very popular tank accessory that wets your crushed grain as it drops into the mash tun. Grist hydrators are used to minimize doughballs in your mash tun, which will help effectively activate your enzymes for conversion. Using a wooden mash paddle can also help to get rid of any doughballs in your grain.
Oxygen is the enemy of your beer's fresh flavors and hop character. Using a dry hopper will allow you to purge the air out of your hops before dropping them into your fermenter. This will help you maintain your craft beer's hop character longer and keep the hop flavor and aroma brighter.